It has taken seven years but the Parliaments of Ukraine and the European Union have ratified their landmark Association Agreement.
For the first time ever, the parliamentary sessions in Kyiv and Strasbourg were broadcast simultaneously, with both leaders of the Ukraine and European parliaments describing this as a “historical” moment.
This is the deal that led to bloody protests in Ukraine’s Maidan Square and the subsequent toppling of former president Viktor Yanukovych.
The wide-ranging accord requires Ukraine to meet EU standards in the areas of corruption, human rights, security and arms control, and would remove trade barriers.
But as Russia opposes the free trade provisions, the full measures will not be implemented until the end of next year.